FAQ - Master's Programmes at DSV

Below you will find answers to the most common questions regarding application, requirements and study format (distance or campus).


Application process

DSV's Master's Programmes begin once a year, in late August.

Next intake is for autumn of 2025. Applications are accepted from mid-October 2024 to mid-January 2025. You will find exact dates on universityadmissions.se closer to the admission round.

More information on key dates and deadlines

Please note that you can only apply for Master's programmes in our department during the first admission round (from mid-October to mid-January). We do not accept applications in the second round.

First, find the programme you want to apply for here: Master’s programmes at DSV

When the application period is open, you will find a blue button for application on each programme's page. The link leads to the central application web site universityadmissions.se. The site contains all the information you need to be able to apply: key dates, documents you need to upload and more.

Please contact the staff at University Admissions with issues regarding the admission process.

It is mandatory to submit a motivation letter when you apply for master's programmes at our department. But the admission board will not consider CV or recommendation letters.

Find the details under "How to apply" on each programme's page.

The selection is made from the following three criteria:

  • Grades of academic courses,
  • mandatory motivation letter and
  • the relevance of previous studies in relation to the programme.

It is therefore very important to submit a motivation letter.
Find instructions for the motivation letter under “How to apply” on each programme's page

The admission result for Autumn 2024 is published on March 21


Tuition and application fees

Students with citizenship in countries outside the EU/EEA, or Switzerland, are required to pay application and tuition fees for studies at Stockholm University.
Find out if you need to pay fees

The application fee is 900 SEK (Swedish kronor) for each registration (regardless of the number of search options)

The tuition fee for Master’s Programmes (except Master's programme in Health informatics*) at DSV is 135 000 SEK (Swedish kronor) each academic year.

*Joint Master's Programme in Health informatics is 165 000 SEK (Swedish kronor) each academic year.

You pay for one semester at the time in advance. The first instalment of the tuition fee must be paid in order for the Swedish Migration Agency to start processing your application for a resident permit for studies.



If you do not hold the required degree but are registered for the last year of a programme leading to such a degree, Stockholm University permits conditional admission if you can provide:

  • transcripts from your second last year, and
  • an official document stating that you are likely to be awarded the degree by the start of the Swedish programme. The document has to be issued through and certified by a representative of the Academic Registrar's Office, the Examinations Office or equivalent of the institution. 

University Admissions in Sweden has created a form which you can use to get certification from your current university:

Statement of enrollment status for students in their final year

If you do not fulfill the entry requirements through formal qualifications, you can apply to get your eligibility evaluated based on knowledge acquired in other ways.
Information on validation of prior learning


Specific requirements

The Admission board is unfortunately not available to give advance notice regarding specific requirements. They will only consider your documents during the admission period. All applicants must apply via University admissions and upload documents for the Admission board to review.

Any programming language course (Python, C, C++, Java, Javascript etc.) is acceptable as long as it includes hands-on programming (writing actual code). Any programming language type is acceptable (object-oriented, procedural, logic-based etc.) provided that the course content includes at least the basic knowledge to understand and use the language in practice.
Please note again that the course needs to involve code implementation so courses which only include mark-up languages (i.e. HTML, XML), style sheet languages (i.e. CSS) are not counted in.

Note: If you wish to include independent courses, remember that they need to be offered by an accredited University. Courses offered by online learning platforms (Coursera, Udemy etc.) are not counted in.


Language requirements

All courses and programmes at Stockholm University require proof of proficiency in English equivalent to the Swedish upper secondary school course English 6. 
Here you will find information how to meet the English requirements

If you have questions regarding language requirements, please contact the Admissions Office at study@su.se

Deadline for receipt of supporting academic documents is 1 February 2023.

Unfortunately no late documents or test results are accepted. All courses and programmes at Stockholm University require proof of proficiency in English and the admissions regulations at Stockholm University do not admit acceptance of applicants who do not fulfil the English requirement.


Late application

No, it is only possible to apply for masters programmes at DSV in the first admission round from mid-October to mid-January.

If the admission is closed, you are not able to apply. Occasionally some programmes are open for late application. In that case it is indicated at University admissions.


Reserve list

The department practices excess admission, which means that normally we do not call for reserves. If places are available, the department will contact the student in numerical order according to the reserve list.


Distance studies (online)

Distance programmes are fully taught online. All teaching is conducted via our learning platform. Distance programmes have no compulsory meetings or lectures on campus in Stockholm. 

Full-time studies (100% study pace) demand an approx. 40-hour study-week. Half-time studies (50% study pace) demand an approx. 20-hour study-week.

The distance programmes are somewhat flexible regarding the time of the day, but group work and compulsory live online seminars will occur. You need to follow the course outline during the weeks the course is scheduled. When the course is scheduled, you will get feedback, help and results on your assignment and group work from the teachers. If you decide to not take or complete one course, you have to wait until the next time the course is scheduled to take or finish it. Some courses are given only once a year.

How does distance studies at 50% study pace work for the Master's programme in IT project management, 60 credits?

Programme coordinator Gunnar Wettergren explains in this video.





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